The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 23, 1993 - 7
Ann Arbor community unites
*for interfaith prayer for Bosnia
By JANET BURKITT
FOR THE DAILY
Ann Arbor residents of various
religious denominations gathered last
night at the First United Methodist
Church ofAnn Arbor to pray for peace
The prayer service was sponsored
jointly by the Ann Arbor Committee
on Bosnia of the Interfaith Council for
Peace and Justice (ICPJ) and the Guild
House Campus Ministry, an interfaith
justice and peace campus ministry of
Rev. Jodi BushdieckerAtwood, co-
minister at Guild House Campus Min-
istry and member of the Ann Arbor
Committeeon Bosnia, said lastnight's
service was "the culmination of
weekly prayer vigils held outside of
the Ann Arbor Federal Building that
aimed to bring Jews, Christians, and
Muslims together to pray for Bosnian
Rev. Thom Saffold, a member of
the steering committee of the ICPJ,
addressed the group of about 60 resi-
dents. Saffold worked in Bosnia last
summer with an international group
called Mir Sada, which means "Peace
Saffold criticized the type of peace
that governments typically endorse
- which he said was built on war
rather than justice -and silenced the
crowd when he drew parallels be-
tween the current situation in Bosnia
and the Holocaust. He alluded to "cre-
mation in the prison camps in 1992."
Saffold then encouraged the con-
gregation to band together and "speak
loud enough so that ... governments
will hear and respond."
Also included in the service were
prayers led by Rabbi Robert Dobrusin
of Beth-Israel Congregation in Ann
Arbor, Catholic religious educator
John Schwarz and Imam Mohammad
Saber of the Islamic Center of Ann
Carol Phillips, an Ann Arbor resi-
dent present at the service was enthu-
siastic about the unity displayed.
"I think it was a wonderful service.
There was a sharing of differentpoints
of view, an openness of ideas, and a
wonderful representation of different
cultures and viewpoints," she said.
The chair for the Ann Arbor Com-
mittee on Bosnia, Dr. Barbara Pliskow,
in turn said she was encouraged by the
response of the Ann Arbor commu-
nity, which she called "very support-
ive - both financially and morally."
Pliskow said the committee has
been in existence for almost a year,
and new members can still join.
Though itis apartof the ICPJ, Pliskow
said ICPJ's official position on U.S.
intervention has yet to be decided;
however, she said the committee has
taken a stance favoring intervention.
The next event sponsored by the
committee is titled "Never Again:
Cultural Genocide during the Holo-
caust and Bosnia." It is scheduled to
take place Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at
the First Unitarian Church.
The Church of the Incarnation choir sings "Here I Am, Lord" at the Interfaith Prayer Service for Bosnia, held last night at the First
United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor.
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